Life Together

The Classic Exploration of Christian Community
by Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Some previous notes from the book...

On intercession:
Intercession is not general or vague but very concrete; a matter of definite persons and definite difficulties and therefore of definite petitions.

"Since meditation on the Scriptures, prayer and intercession are a service we owe and because of the grace of God is found in this service, we should train ourselves to set apart a regular hour for it, as we do for every other service we perform...

what would I have to give up to accomplish this??? continue...

This is not legalism; it is orderliness and fidelity. For most people the early morning will prove to be the best time. We have a right to this time, even prior to the claims of other people, and we may insist upon having it as a completely undisturbed quiet time despite all external difficulties. For the pastor it is an indispensable duty and his whole ministry will depend on it. Who can really be faithful in great things if he has not learned to be faithful in the things of daily life?"

The Test of Meditation
Notice the question in this passage, I asked these very questions today (8/31/09)

"Every day brings to the Christian many hours in which he will be alone in an unchristian environment. These are times of testing. This is the test of true meditation and true Christian community. Has the fellowship served to make the individual free, strong and mature or has it made him weak and dependent? Has it taken him by the hand for a while in order that he may learn again to walk by himself, or has it made him uneasy and unsure? This is one of the most searching and critical questions that can be put to any Christian fellowship."

The Joyful Sacrament
"Though it is true that confession is an act in the name of Christ that is complete in itself and is exercised in the fellowship as frequently as there is desire for it, it serves the Christian community especially as a preparation for the common reception of the holy Communion. Reconciled to God and men, Christians desire to receive the body and the blood of Jesus Christ. It is the command of Jesus that none should come to the altar with a heart that is unreconciled to his brother. If this command of Jesus applies to every service of worship, indeed, to every prayer we utter, then it most certainly applies to reception of the Lord's Supper."

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